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Special CAUV meeting scheduled for March 5

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau’s proposed changes to the state’s Current Agricultural Use Value formula will be examined during a special meeting by the Ohio Department of Taxation’s agricultural advisory committee.

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Leah Curtis

A look at Ohio’s property tax system

Published Feb. 23, 2015

OFBF staff consistently receive questions about taxation issues, and most often, property taxes.

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Do your homework before applying for federal funds for renewable energy

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Farmers and other rural business owners should take their time as they evaluate a federal program that helps them manage energy costs.

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Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler with OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.

EPA director discusses clean water, oil and gas exploration

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Can we have clean water without limiting our capacity to grow food? Is energy exploration and development possible without harming the environment?

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Amy Milam

Ohio’s Grain Indemnity Fund offers protection to grain farmers

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Grain farmers in Ohio should know there is a safety net in place in case their grain elevator closes its doors. In 1983 the Ohio legislature enacted laws specific to agricultural commodity handlers, including the Grain Indemnity Fund. Here are five things to know.

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Apply to join AgriPOWER

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is currently accepting applications for members of its 2015-2016 AgriPOWER Institute Class VII.

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Nationwide News: Grain bin safety starts with proper grain management

Published Feb. 23, 2015

High crop yields combined with below-normal temperatures and a wet harvest in 2014 have farmers and other grain handlers working with less-than-ideal corn and soybeans. Experts are projecting the deadliest year for grain engulfments since 2010, when 59 entrapments were recorded.

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Where we’re at with water quality legislation in Ohio

Published Feb. 20, 2015

The state legislature is fast-tracking legislation dealing with water quality issues. This week the Senate passed a bill that would ban the application of fertilizer and livestock manure to frozen, snow-covered and saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The House is working on a similar bill.

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Top 10 Ohio winter farm photos this week

Published Feb. 19, 2015

The weather has been challenging in Ohio this week, but the work doesn’t end for farmers. Early in the week we shared some winter photos from our archives and farmers across the state shared their photos with us. Here are ten of our favorite. To see the others shared with us search #OFBF on Instagram or check out posts to our Facebook Page.

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Attend a workers' compensation safety meeting

Published Feb. 17, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program members are required to attend one safety seminar per year to remain program eligible. For a list of dates and locations open the document attached to this page or contact your county Farm Bureau for details about upcoming meetings.

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AgriPOWER Class VI learns about local government, local agriculture

Published Feb. 6, 2015

The fifth session of AgriPOWER Class VI Jan. 22-23 focused on local government and local issues in the Toledo area. Class VI focused on local agriculture issues in that part of the state including the water issues Toledo faced this past summer. The class also learned about local government from township, county and city government officials in that part of the state.

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Local government, local issues

Published Feb. 6, 2015

A blog from AgriPOWER Class VI member Roshelle Rowe about the fifth session of the leadership program that focused on local government and northwest Ohio agricultural issues including water quality.

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A look at what’s going on in the Statehouse, Congress

Published Feb. 6, 2015

With the state legislature and Congress back in full session, Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy department has been busy examining various proposals that impact agriculture such as taxes, water quality and nutrient application.

Here’s a look at some notable bills introduced in Ohio and in Congress, as well as Gov. John Kasich’s tax proposals.

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The squeaky wheel gets the grease

Published Feb. 6, 2015

A blog from AgriPOWER Class VI member Kent Jorgensen about the fifth session of the leadership program that focused on local government and northwest Ohio agricultural issues including water quality.

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Help us tell Ohio Farm Bureau's centennial story

Published Feb. 4, 2015

As Ohio Farm Bureau approaches its 100th year in 2019, we are starting preparations to commemorate the centennial by telling the Farm Bureau story through an updated history book. Because this book belongs to our members, we’re requesting photographs that can help tell the story of agriculture and Farm Bureau since 1919.

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Wrap up of largest Young Ag Professionals event to date

Published Feb. 2, 2015

Over the last few years Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience conference has been growing at a rapid rate. Three years ago there was 150 attendees, last year 280 and this year 540! The conference was buzzing with energy from the growth and for the top notch agenda. Below you will find photos, messages and videos from the conference. To learn more about the YAP program visit the Facebook Page or subscribe to receive emails.

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Join a local Young Ag Professionals group

Published Feb. 2, 2015

Local level Young Ag Professionals groups are popping up all across the state. Each group's activities is driven by those who participate with some focusing on educational activities, some on social activities and some combine both. Find out where these local groups are in this directory. If there is not a group near you contact your county Farm Bureau about starting one!

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Five regional meetings such as this one at Lake Erie Shores & Islands were held to gather input for Healthy Water Ohio.

Farm Bureau helping farmers meet their water quality goals

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau is making progress on its $1 million water quality action plan.

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Restructured Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has $10 million goal

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Three Ohio Farm Bureau foundations are becoming one this year: The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will now encompass the Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) and the Ohio Center of Agricultural Law, Inc.

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Jonathan Lohstroh

Protecting, improving agritourism

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Three Ohio farmers took time out of their busy schedules to testify in favor of an agritourism bill that was based on model legislation created by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Ohio Supreme Court case examines how grain bins are taxed

Published Jan. 19, 2015

An Ohio Board of Tax Appeals ruling that nonpermanent grain storage bins are not “real property” under Ohio law has been appealed and is now an Ohio Supreme Court case.

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A broader look at Ohio’s tax system

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau is conducting an intensive review of the state and local tax burden on Ohio farmers and landowners. OFBF has hired a tax consulting firm, Howard Fleeter & Associates, to provide estimates of several types of taxes paid by the agricultural sector over the past 20 years.

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Bill will simplify municipal income tax filings

Published Jan. 19, 2015

At the end of the year, Ohio lawmakers passed House Bill 5, a municipal tax reform bill. The legislation simplifies and establishes consistency for the filing of municipal income tax returns.

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When you tell your story, legislators listen and take action

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau Board Trustee Roger Baker was in Washington, D.C. listening to a House panel discussion about the causes of the harmful algal blooms (HABs) on Lake Erie when his ears perked up.

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Areas in blue: Proposed Pipeline Construction

Learn more about 38,000 miles of new pipelines in Ohio

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Over the next 10 years, Ohio is expected to have at least 38,000 miles of pipeline development statewide. Ohio residents are encouraged to attend upcoming scope meetings held by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Janice Person

Monsanto expanding its outreach efforts

Published Jan. 19, 2015

During an interview on 'Town Hall Ohio', Monsanto's Janice Person described how she developed a passion for agriculture as she became something of a social media spokesperson for the agricultural science company, which has become a lightning rod among critics of large-scale farming.

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9 named to AFBF Issue Advisory Committees

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The 14 committees are made up of Farm Bureau members with knowledge and direct involvement in issues of importance to U.S. farmers and ranchers. AFBF President Bob Stallman appointed committee members to serve either one-year or two-year terms.

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Open enrollment for health insurance ends Feb. 15

Published Jan. 19, 2015

If you are currently in the market for health insurance, take a close look at the plan options at Medical Mutual, which is recommended by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Prepare for changes in Workers’ Compensation

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is continuing its transition to a prospective billing process, which will require employers to provide payment before they receive coverage rather than after.

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Nationwide News: New EZ Ag Mobile: It works where farmers work

Published Jan. 19, 2015

EZ Ag Mobile creates a self-service environment for Nationwide’s farm and ranch customers to see farm policies, pay premiums and see payment status, connect with agents and start a claim.

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2015 agriculture scholarship programs

Published Jan. 15, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, The Ohio Agricultural Council, Farm Credit Mid-America, United Producers Inc., OABA Educational Trust and several county Farm Bureaus have announced their scholarship offerings for 2014. All scholarship programs assist students in pursuing their education in agricultural-related areas of study and aim to help promote agriculture and agribusiness as a growing field of career opportunities.

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Tax department studying OFBF’s recommended changes to CAUV

Published Jan. 12, 2015

For months, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and volunteers have studied the complicated formula of the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV), which taxes farmland for its agricultural value rather than its fair market value and acts as a strong farmland preservation program.

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OFBF rallies around Victoria Shaw, Discussion Meet competitor

Members represent Ohio Farm Bureau at AFBF Annual Convention

Published Jan. 11, 2015

Six counties participate in County Activities of Excellence Awards program; Young Ag Professionals compete in national contests

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Join county Farm Bureaus at membership kick-off meetings

Published Jan. 8, 2015

Below is a few photos of Farm Bureau member events. If they look like events you and others you know would enjoy consider attending your county's kick-off and joining the membership drive! County Farm Bureau's across the state will be holding membership kick-offs over the next few weeks. Kick-offs vary from membership benefit expos to family fun events to personal development opportunities to land and legal issue information opportunities.

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Items sold during the auction included cheese sculptures and a wooden tractor rocker.

Live, silent auction raises money for foundations

Published Dec. 22, 2014

The ninth annual Rural-Urban Community Auction raised more than $10,000 for Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 96th Annual Meeting.

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Wear your pride

Published Dec. 22, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals are again selling T-shirts to raise money for Mid-Ohio Foodbank, with more options and new designs this year.

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Rasmussen: Nationwide taking steps to more effectively serve members

Published Dec. 22, 2014

2014 proved to be a year of change for Nationwide, according to CEO Steve Rasmussen who provided his annual comments to Ohio Farm Bureau members.

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Hirsch, Fisher encourage farmers to get involved

Published Dec. 22, 2014

Hirsch emphasized the core purpose of the organization won’t change: to help farmers work together to help themselves, to be the single most effective voice for the agricultural community at every level and to ensure coming generations have the opportunity to continue that legacy.

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Medina County delegate Sarah Poling (left) participates in Ohio Farm Bureau's grassroots policy development process.

Delegates set policy update Farm Bureau’s membership model

Published Dec. 22, 2014

Water quality, taxes and agriculture’s prominence at Ohio State University were among the issues Ohio Farm Bureau delegates took action on during the 96th annual meeting.

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Congress extends tax breaks beneficial to farmers

Published Dec. 19, 2014

At the end of the year, Congress passed a bill that retroactively reinstates for one year more than 50 tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013. These tax provisions are essential to small businesses and rural economies, and Farm Bureau will continue to work for a long-term solution so farmers have the certainty they need to plan for the future.

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Hirsch: What we do at this meeting matters

Published Dec. 11, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau President discusses Farm Bureau's success in annual address to annual meeting delegates.

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Ohio needs more infrastructure, food processing to meet demand for local food

Published Dec. 10, 2014

Demand is booming in Ohio for local food. There’s just one problem – Ohio doesn’t have enough infrastructure or food processing to meet the growing demand. That’s according to Brian Williams of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission who moderated a panel about local food councils during the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum Dec. 10 in Columbus.

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Tips for entrepreneurs overheard at the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum

Published Dec. 10, 2014

The 2nd annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum kicked off this morning with sessions covering topics from leadership development to technology in agriculture to current issues in agriculture. One session brought together farm and food entrepreneurs to discuss their businesses, how they got started and how they continue to grow.

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Catlett tells farmers to prepare for the golden age of agriculture

Published Dec. 10, 2014

There’s never been a better time to be in agriculture, according to Dr. Lowell Catlett, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, who spoke to attendees at the 2nd annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum.

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Transition Planning and Social Security Benefits

Published Dec. 10, 2014

Nationwide is on your side to help you plan for the transition of your farm and decide when to start your social security benefits.

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Experiencing public policy

Published Dec. 8, 2014

When the words public policy are initially heard, I immediately flashback to government or political science class -- long lectures, copious notes, and fair amounts of doodling in the margins of my paper. However, the fourth session of AgriPOWER has given me the opportunity to experience firsthand the theories and practices of our government coming to life.

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Speaking candidly with elected officials

Published Dec. 8, 2014

We’re half way through AgriPOWER Class VI and I can hardly believe it! We’ve spent time getting to know each other, ourselves, how we can be the best advocates in Washington, D.C. and this month we focused on how we can influence policy and change here in Ohio.

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Healthy Water Ohio gets input from more than 150 stakeholders

Published Dec. 5, 2014

Healthy Water Ohio (HwO) has been busy gathering input from groups and individuals about the present and future needs of the state’s water resources. More than a year ago, Ohio Farm Bureau started work on the initiative. The goal is to develop a 20- to 30-year plan to sustainably meet water needs while enhancing the economy and quality of life for all Ohioans.

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OFBF supports manure regulation transfer, pending nutrient law

Published Dec. 4, 2014

This week Ohio Farm Bureau testified about House Bill 490. OFBF supports a measure to transfer manure management regulations from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture as well as a nutrient management provision for the Western Lake Erie Basin.

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Top Ohio farm photos of the week

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Harvest season is nearing an end for many farmers in Ohio. The weather this fall, particularly this past week with snow, has been very challenging for farmers trying to get out in their fields to harvest corn and soybeans, cut hay and plant cover crops and winter wheat. But they worked on harvest every moment they could, day or night. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are our favorite posts this week on social media including photos from the #OHharves14 and #SnowyOhioFarm hashtags.

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